Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Population of 24 States Combined

An analysis by Breitbart News has found that the number of individuals on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of 24 states and the District of Columbia.

In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that a record 47,102,780individuals receive food stamps.

According to US. Census Bureau data, that figure exceeds the combined populations of: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Since January 2009, the number of individuals on food stamps has skyrocketed from 31.9 million to the current record high 47.1 million. By comparison, in 1969 just 2.8 millionAmericans received food stamps.

Also benefiting from the rapid rise in food stamps are companies like JP Morgan who administer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. A recent report by the Government Accountability Institute found that since 2004, JP Morgan’s 24 state EBT contracts have totaled at least $560,492,596.02.

Last year, the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) cost taxpayers $72 billion, more than double the $30 billion spent four years ago.

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20 comments on “Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Population of 24 States Combined
  1. VeeDub57 says:

    Hey you liberal/socialist obonga supporters.. YOU own this. This didn’t happen on President Bushs’ watch. It didn’t even happen during his first 6 years as President. Nope it happend the last two years of President Bush’s term when socialist democrats controlled both Houses of Congress beginning in Jan ’07.

    • patsy1715 says:

      And it’s going to get worse as the economy gets worse. More companys are cutting back on hours to avoid the awful obummer care. That will make more families eligiable for stamps. It is a vicious circle.

      • VeeDub57 says:

        All of my hourly employees will be terminated the end of Dec. After the 3rd of Jan when we open back up I will have a completely new force of contract employees. And surprise, surprise all of my soon to be former hourly employees will be my new contract employees (except 1). Their contract pay will be higher than hourly. It also eliminates obamacare taxes and other taxes and some paperwork. If they change the laws where that no longer works, I will simply close my doors for good and file for my social security and disability.

  2. JaniceELP says:

    The economy is terrible, since more than 50,000 factories have closed and moved to China and other slave-wage paying countries, taking millions of jobs with them. I know so many middle-aged people, who lost their jobs because of those closures. Many of those are now on food stamps. If they couldn’t get them, they and their children would not be able to eat everyday. In many quarters, the situation has become dire. People, who lose their job when age 50 or older, are highly unlikely to ever find full time, permanent jobs again. The truth is that we have a lot of age discrimination in this country, and it grows as you advance up the age ladder. This huge move of the base of our economy has been very destructive, especially for older workers. I have friends who lost their jobs in their early 60′s, who have had to go on food stamps, just to be able to survive. I have helped my friends as much as I could, but, in truth, it isn’t enough. On the other hand, I also know a number of people who are on food stamps because they won’t work, even though they are young, healthy, and could do something. Instead, these people are “working the system”, collecting every possible bit of public assistance they can find. One woman has such an income of $50,000/yr., and she just bought a brand new car! She is in the process of also getting her daughter to be declared disabled, because the 20-year old girl has never been taught responsibility, discipline, or the value of work. She is getting Pell grants to go to college, even though she has never finished any of her courses. One guy is living with his “fiance” (a most ridiculous term they use when they mean “we are just shaking up”), and they have had 2 children, but he will not work, nor does his fiance. So, we support that entire family. They will never get married, because the woman would lose all of her welfare income. One of their children has a serious, permanent disability, so we will be paying for all of them for the rest of their lives. Many are are one welfare program or another because they have grown up in a welfare family and they have learned how to get free money from the government, so they will never have to work. They have one illegitimate child after another, which appears to be their livelihood. Such people aren’t the truly needy, for whom these programs were designed. They are the truly useless, and they need to learn to support themselves or do without.

    We MUST assist those who truly need help, especially those who have worked their entire lives, but who have lost their job because of economic changes in this country. HOWEVER, we should NOT be giving assistance to people who seek from an early age to live off the public dole. That does nothing but engender laziness and dependency. At some point, we must do a complete overhaul of the food stamp and welfare programs – and the DISABILITY programs, which have also become a farce and a haven for people, who are not truly disabled, but who simply don’t want to work. (I know quite a few of those, myself. One such 50-year-old person plays tennis, swims, and goes to the tanning parlor everyday. She has bought a brand new, very expensive car, and she lives a very normal life with no real disability, other than her aversion to work.) If we don’t demand that the rosters of these bloated programs be reviewed and that those, who never should have been recipients or who don’t belong there now, be removed, our public treasure will continue to diminish, and there will eventually be only one person working to support one leech, each.

    Even many with true disabilities could be sent for treatment and healed (such as from drug and alcohol abuse or mental illness, or even with minor physical disabilities). It would be much cheaper for us to see to it that such people get treatment to make them employable rather than to keep them on the public dole their entire life. The problem seems to me, that no one is minding the store – and that has occurred under BOTH parties. Someone needs to take care of this nation and those of us who are productive, not leeches, whose only reason for existence seems to be to take all they can get for free.

    • Ecoplastican says:

      I would recommend reopening “poor-houses”. If you are truly needy, then you can apply to live in the poor-house, where everything is institutionalized for economic efficiency. Recipients would receive three squares a day, a place to sleep and stay warm/cool, but there would be a curfew. There would also be an opportunity to graduate to greater privilege. With the government saving so much money by this streamlined “disincentive”. they could afford to provide a basic training in the skills required to make a person employable, for those so inclined and motivated. There could also be the opportunity to “graduate” to greater living conditions by signing up for a work-force that would attend to public need and service by doing work nobody else wants to do (picking trash, sweeping gutters, covering graffiti, etc)

      You see, in the old days it was shameful to be a bum.

      NOTE: Just think of the jobs we could create if we were to seal our borders. Fence building and maintenance, technology jobs in surveillance, and border patrol. Another plus; the Feds would actually be doing their job, by the Constitution.

    • 9mmhipchick says:

      The senior citizens in my grocery stores are taking the jobs of the younger folk. Just sayin.

  3. Maybe the reason is because of the bad economy caused by Republican policies

    • Ecoplastican says:

      What?! If you think I’m going to try to change your mind, you’re wrong. I’d have better luck converting a moo$lime to Chri$tianity. Wouldn’t I? That’s because you have lost all touch with rational thought and logic, through your mental condition known as liberali$m.

  4. 9mmhipchick says:

    This is what this administration wants, the Senate that is they want everyone to depend on the government which in turn will destroy us from within. But they did cut peoples foodstamps by 50.00 dollars already in Ohio.

  5. TM says:

    Can you say welfare breeding SOBs and the illegal law breaking breeding SOBs? One don’t need no more trash in this country we have enough already.

  6. ricbldwn says:

    They give them to anyone who asks. I do believe I,too am eligible,but won’t even apply.

  7. Arminius says:

    As all Lefties say: Who cares?

    You working stiffs just pay the bill and shut up because you LOST.


  8. Richard Gibbard says:

    How many of these people are illegal aliens?

  9. gmarshall says:

    America committed suicide on November 6, 2012.

  10. D. Mark says:

    For those who voted for Obama, this is just the start of the results of his second term!

  11. Randy G says:

    And you can bet more than half are the illegals coming in & working the jobs the US citizens can’t get.

  12. Dr Silicon says:

    Soup kitchens and day care centers run by other unemployed.
    5% minimum tax on ALL Americans (and illegals if you can get it or can’t get them out)
    Also don’t be the only one on your block with a firearm and ammo, unfortunately you might need it.

  13. Tomtom says:

    Obama you built this SICk society, and you will pay in the end. You disgrace patriotic Americans. You are a FRAUD and CON man.
    You will pay for your treasonist act in Benghazi.

  14. Gringo Infidel says:

    How’s that ‘war on poverty’ working for you LibTards? You have utterly failed by giving away far more than you have the right to. Let us each take care of our own and get the feds out of my (our) pockets!

  15. Laurence Almand says:

    Don’t forget the more than 1,000,000 foreigners who pour into the USA each year. Many of whom get food stamps right away! When do we put a stop to this bad management?